Happy President's Day (in the US) and Happy Mardi Gras! Mardi Gras Day is tomorrow, but that is the end of Mardi Gras season, which started on January 6. We had some close friends over for a small Mardi Gras party Saturday, our tradition since we moved from New Orleans to Delaware in 1990. Lots of fun, and our house is still all decorated. If you want to celebrate, too, here are some tips and recipes I posted in Weekend Cooking last year.
So, it was a busy week, but we still found time to read:
- I am still reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra for my neighborhood book group this month. It is excellent so far, completely engrossing with characters I care about. Plus, I am learning a lot about Chechnya and the wars there that is both fascinating and horrifying.
- I am still listening to I Was Here by Gayle Forman, about a teen girl named Cody who is trying to cope with the sudden and unexpected suicide of her best friend. It's part emotional drama and part mystery, as Cody tries to find out why her friend did such an uncharacteristic thing. It's very compelling so far.
- I finished reading a graphic memoir, Fun Home by Allison Bechtel, that I loved. This was definitely my favorite of the adult graphic novels/memoirs I have read so far. It is due back at the library (only 1 copy in our state!), so I will review it early this week.
- My husband, Ken, finished Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff. It's a nonfiction book that he said was fascinating.
- Now, Ken is reading a book we are both very excited about, Undivided by Neal Schusterman, the fourth and final book in the Unwind Dystology (when he couldn't wrap up the story in 3 books, they created a new term for it!). This is one of our all-time favorite series in our household, and we have been eagerly waiting to read the finale.
- Jamie, 20, has been on a zombie kick in honor of The Walking Dead coming back to TV last week. At last count, he had read the first 5 books of the Dead series by T.W. Brown. I'm not sure if he had much reading time last week, since he moved back to college.
Only one review last week but several other posts, too:
My 2015 Reading Challenges (yes, finally!)
Review of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, audiobook
Summary of Books Read in January
Saturday Snapshot, with pics from the real Mardi Gras in New Orleans in the 80's
What are you and your family reading this week?
What Are You Reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, with a kid/teen version hosted by Unleashing Readers.
|King Cake & Bread Pudding for dessert at our Mardi Gras party|